News Release: DND invests in Canadian solutions to COVID-19 challenges 

 April 7, 2020 – Guelph – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces 

Today, on behalf of Minister of Defence Harjit S. Sajjan, Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, highlighted investments by the Government of Canada in support of research and development efforts related to COVID-19. Two contribution agreements, totaling $369,050, have been awarded to Guelph-based innovators under the Department of National Defence’s Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program. 

The contribution agreements, which address two recent IDEaS challenge areas were awarded to: 

  • University of Guelph to address challenge area Re-using protective equipment in the amount of $169,050 (to develop a low-cost, easy-to-use device for sterilizing PPE within minutes) 
  • EnvisionSQ Inc. to address challenge area Sanitization of workspaces in the amount of $200,000. (The self-disinfecting coating, called GermStopSQ, kills viruses and bacteria on hard surfaces for 24 hours.) 

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